Physical fitness requirements in the Coast Guard often are linked directly to specific job requirements. Coast Guard men and women who serve on law enforcement, port security or maritime safety and security teams must comply with specific physical standards.
The following chart shows the Coast Guard's physical fitness requirements for serving on these elite teams:
|Men||Push-ups||Sit & reach|
|Men||Sit-ups||1.5-mile run||12-minute swim|
* Sit and reach is a flexibility test that requires you to sit with your feet and legs together as you reach toward your feet. The measurement is taken by placing a measuring stick between your legs from your knees to your feet. To pass, you must be reach 16.5 (for males) or 19.29 (for females) inches past your knees.
These jobs also require specialized training and skills. For example: LE Teams must graduate from the Coast Guard Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, S.C., while Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) members graduate from the Coast Guard's Special Missions Schools at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
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Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. To contact Stew with your comments and questions, e-mail him at email@example.com.
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